The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 292.24 points, or 2.02 percent, from Thursday to 14,741.42. The broader
A wide range of shares attracted buying as sentiment was buoyed after the 30-issue Dow Jones Industrial Average rose Thursday for the first time in three days.
Investors were relieved to see
"We saw a sell-off on the Chinese PMI shock yesterday...It did not have a lasting impact on U.S. shares so there was a sense of security for buying stocks today," he said.
The Nikkei tumbled 317 points, or 2.2 percent, the previous day for a second day of loss. The index rose as much as 329 points at one point in the morning, more than erasing the previous day's loss, before paring some of the gain by the end of the morning session.
Brokers said market players are expected to pay heed to how
On the First Section, advancing issues outnumbered declining ones 1,522 to 167, while 90 finished the morning unchanged.
All of the 33 sector indexes gained, led by oil and coal, utility and nonferrous metal sectors.
High-tech, automaker and other export-reliant companies fared well, supported by the dollar's advance to the
On the other hand, A&D, a measuring equipment maker, plunged
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